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            <td>[Discuss] íNet pioneer needs help in fight for rights to
              .nyc</td>
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            <td>Fri, 3 Aug 2012 03:40:03 -0400</td>
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            <th align="RIGHT" nowrap="nowrap" valign="BASELINE">From: </th>
            <td>Joly MacFie <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:joly@punkcast.com">&lt;joly@punkcast.com&gt;</a></td>
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            <td>isoc-ny discuss <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:discuss@lists.isoc-ny.org">&lt;discuss@lists.isoc-ny.org&gt;</a></td>
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            <td>isoc-ny discuss <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:discuss@isoc-ny.org">&lt;discuss@isoc-ny.org&gt;</a></td>
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      <div>Villager article by Clayton Patterson includes Paul Garrin's
        appeal to the city.</div>
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          href="http://www.thevillager.com/?p=4548">http://www.thevillager.com/?p=4548</a>
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      <p style="margin:0px 0px
        10px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:14px;font-family:georgia,'palatino
        linotype',palatino,'times new
roman',times,serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)"><em>Below
          is a letter Paul sent to City Councilmember Rosie Mendez on
          April 9, 2012. Individual copies of the letter were also sent
          to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Borough President Scott
          Stringer and other elected officials.</em></p>
      <p style="margin:0px 0px
        10px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:14px;font-family:georgia,'palatino
        linotype',palatino,'times new
roman',times,serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)"><em>Dear
          Rosie,</em><br>
        This is a matter of great urgency. The City of New York has
        engaged in a contract with a Virginia-based company, Neustar, to
        apply to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
        (ICANN) to operate the .NYC Internet Top-Level Domain (TLD).</p>
      <p style="margin:0px 0px
        10px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:14px;font-family:georgia,'palatino
        linotype',palatino,'times new
roman',times,serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">There
        are a number of reasons why outsourcing the .NYC domain in this
        way is not in the best interests of the City, nor of our
        community.</p>
      <p style="margin:0px 0px
        10px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:14px;font-family:georgia,'palatino
        linotype',palatino,'times new
roman',times,serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">1.
        A New York City-based company already has rights to the .NYC
        domain. The .NYC domain was originated in 1996 and is owned and
        operated by my company, name.space, inc., which is based
        entirely in New York City. name.space created this domain, not
        ICANN. Neither Neustar nor ICANN has rights to this domain. This
        puts the City in direct conflict with our existing business
        operations.</p>
      <p style="margin:0px 0px
        10px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:14px;font-family:georgia,'palatino
        linotype',palatino,'times new
roman',times,serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">2.
        The City benefits more from name.space&#146;s operation of the
        domain. The financial benefits reported by the contractor in the
        media ($3 million per year) are far below the potential revenues
        that .NYC can yield if operated within our City and run truly in
        the interest of our City with a more creative, civic-oriented
        business model like the one name.space seeks to implement.</p>
      <p style="margin:0px 0px
        10px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:14px;font-family:georgia,'palatino
        linotype',palatino,'times new
roman',times,serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">3.
        Exploitation of name.space&#146;s creation by ICANN and Neustar hurts
        name.space and the City. The potential revenues from .NYC are
        but a fraction of the total revenues that name.space would earn
        operating its established portfolio of hundreds of TLDs
        (potentially reaching $1 billion per year or more), which again
        would inure to the City&#146;s benefit.</p>
      <p style="margin:0px 0px
        10px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:14px;font-family:georgia,'palatino
        linotype',palatino,'times new
roman',times,serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">4.
        The City is inadvertently participating in this wrongful
        conduct. By participating in a contract with Neustar, the City
        is in effect endorsing the corrupt practices within the ICANN
        process which favors incumbent industry players and inside
        members of the ICANN organization, and discriminates against
        small businesses, startups, and community organizations by its
        high application fees and complicated application process.</p>
      <p style="margin:0px 0px
        10px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:14px;font-family:georgia,'palatino
        linotype',palatino,'times new
roman',times,serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">I
        ask you as a concerned citizen, member of your district,
        affected small business and committed member of our community,
        to urge the City Council to hold an emergency vote to withdraw
        the agreement that the City has made with the Virginia-based
        contractor. Instead, the City should recognize name.space&#146;s
        existing rights and support our ability to conduct business in
        the City of New York, while pursuing our mission to serve our
        community to bridge the digital divide, provide affordable
        broadband, and to bring digital literacy and skills to our
        citizens who need it the most. name.space originated and created
        this domain. It is just plain wrong to support these other
        companies as they step in and take advantage of name.space&#146;s
        innovation and hard work. Together, we can put the City where it
        belongs in the digital economy &#151; at the core of innovation,
        creativity, employment, and community benefit.<br>
        <em>Sincerely,</em><br>
        <strong>Paul Garrin<br>
          <em>Founder, name.space <a moz-do-not-send="true"
              href="http://namespace.us">http://namespace.us</a></em></strong></p>
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